I don't have time to write a very long message, but here's a little of the story. In the early 1980s Bill Grimm formed a company, Computer Aids Corporation, to create software for the Apple II family of computers. They teamed up with Malcolm Holser to create a screen reader for DOS called Screen-Talk, which was released in 1985, which I bought and used. In 1986 Screen-Talk was linked with ProKey, a macro program, and its functionality was extended. Somewhere in there, Doug Geoffray was hired as a programmer. In 1988 Computer Aids released the Sounding Board, an ISA-compatible speech synthesizer that used the SSI-263 speech chip that was common in those days. Dan Wyrick did major work on that project. Near that time Bill Grimm died. Dan and Doug put together a new company, GW Micro and marketed the new-generation DOS screen reader as Vocal-Eyes. The first Windows 3.0 screen reader was OutSpoken, released in the summer of 1992. Later came Automatic Screen Access for Windows and JAWS for Windows. Window-Eyes 1.0 came out quite late, in late 1995. It worked with Windows 3 and 3.1, even though Windows 95 was already out and had no screen reader support from anyone at first. Window-Eyes 2 was the first W-E version to support Windows 95, and came out in the spring of 1997, I think. The revision history of Window-Eyes is on the GW Micro website, going way back; it is instructive to read it to see where we have come from.


Lloyd Rasmussen, Kensington, MD
http://lras.home.sprynet.com
-----Original Message----- From: Drew Clark via Talk
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2016 3:56 AM
To: Window-Eyes Discussion List
Subject: history of window eyes

hi,

i am interested to find out the history of window eyes, who created it
and how it was started. is there any webpage/audio podcast that
interviews the g and the w behind gw micro?

thanks


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